A Tornado Watch is in place for Howard, Harford, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Montgomery counties until 12am Thursday. A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop while a warning means conditions are imminent.
A powerful cold front continues to blast toward the area this evening with several rounds of showers and thunderstorms. The bulk of the energy is north but storms do look to become severe based upon lift from the front as well as warm moist air out ahead of the boundary. For that reason the Storm Prediction Center has put our area underneath an ENHANCED Risk for severe weather until the front passes before midnight into early Friday morning.
The primary threats of strong damaging winds remains for all areas through this evening. An isolated tornado also cannot be ruled out based upon the extra spin above. Timing for the storms still sits between 6pm tonight-12am Friday as the front moves in from the west.
We have a few scattered showers and storms out ahead of the main line which could interject in the severity of the main line as it comes through. The severe threat will wane quickly early Friday morning with temperatures falling into the 40s. Wind will be an issue throughout your Friday with gusts around 25-35 mph.
Drier conditions by Friday afternoon and then again for the weekend ahead. The time is now to remember your weather action plan. Know your safe spot to go and remember when a warning is issued to take immediate action. Make sure you have a way to get weather information, should any alerts be issued. Our WMAR2News app is free for download from the Apple/GooglePlay store. If you can't get alerts by phone be sure to stay with us throughout the day on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates as storms approach this evening.